Recap: Illya goes Super Saiyan and beats up Saber by turning into Archer.
Putting aside silly narrative devices and very, very boring front half, I still somewhat enjoyed watching this week’s episode. I have made it very clear in previous posts that I don’t like this show very much, but even I have to admit that was a pretty cool fight.
Ilya freaks out and uses the Archer class card to “become a Heroic Spirit”, which in this case just means getting all the powers of Archer from Fate/Stay Night. You know, the Unlimited Blade Works guy. So what has been a mostly boring fight of throwing generic lasers around for two episodes becomes a fast-paced sword fight, with Ilya using several of Archer’s signature abilities. There’s a decent attention to details only a pedantic fan would care about here, with Ilya using the Overedge versions of Kanshou and Bakuya and the animation bothering to show Caladbolg morph from a sword into an arrow. Playing a remix of Emiya as background music wasn’t too bad, either.
So, uh, I guess that’s it. As mentioned above, the entire rest of the episode apart from the fight was unremarkable in every possible way, full of slow pans without dialogue and skeevy butt shots. If this show could actually keep up a decent level of quality all the time, I’d definitely be way more interested in watching it, but judging by the next week preview we’re in for an episode of mostly dumb anime antics. Oh boy.
I am enjoying this show more and more as it goes on. Illya becoming Archer was fun and the well animated scene that followed was great. I really don’t care about the details of the Type-Moon universe, but I can appreciate the all references in this weeks episode. This was the first time Illya kind of felt like the Illya we know and not just some original character in her skin. Now that Saber has been taken down I can only assume that the final boss will Berserker? What’s going on here… I am actually starting to have fun.